France, Aug 6, 1918

Dear Emma; –

Had two letters from you yesterday and one today, that dated July 31. I wrote you a F.S.P. card yesterday and mailed it to the address you had given me in your letter of July 29, i.e. 30 Craven Hill Gardens. I shall address this to Roehampton House as I note by your latest letter that you are to remain on duty there for a few days longer. How long do you expect to be at Broadlands? I infer from remarks in the letters to hand that you intend going down there for a time, although you have not said so directly.

Had a letter to day from Margaret. Her unit is again on the move and her present address is No 12 Stationary Hospital. I have no idea where this unit is located but shall try to find out. Margaret has an idea that those of the sisters that are now due for leave will be sent off at once. You may see her before I do. She thinks of going up to the North of Scotland. She is somewhat afraid of being kept in England after her leave is expired. Most of the nurses I think prefer to work in France, and especially up in the war zone.

You should see the room I now occupy. Never had anything like it in my life before. It is quite large and has double doors with a vestibule between. There is a bathroom attached but there is no plumbing in it. The bath tub is there but the water must be carried if one is to use the bath. Inside the room there are all sorts of things, two clothes cupboards three writing tables, and two beds, (I sleep in only one). There is a fire place with a marble mantle, and on this mantle is a fine ornamental clock which seems to keep good time. A big mirror is set in the wall above the mantle shelf. There are fixtures for both gas and electric lighting, but as there is neither gas nor electricity the former are more ornamental than useful. Two large windows occupy most of the space in the outside wall, and these are hung with beautiful heavy curtains. I do not know what the material is called. These curtains are both useful and ornamental, for the windows are suffering from a slight degree of shell shock. Luckily the rain does not beat on my side of the house.

Please excuse this short letter. I hope to hear from you again to-morrow. Hope that you are away from Roehampton House and having a rest by this time.

Your adoring husband

Harold W. McGill
P.S. Leave shouldn’t be much more than a month away now.


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